If you are searching for a residential care facility for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be an anxious time, but change can be positive if you enter the process with the right information and, especially, questions. Kemper House can help.
Not all memory care facilities are created equal, and that is because not all memory care facilities can handle all stages and all levels of dementia. Most cognitive impairments like memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s are progressive. This means that, unfortunately, they will almost certainly get worse over time and require long-term care and you want to choose a facility that can care for all stages of the disease. When it comes to finding the right memory care community for your loved one, questions about the costs and services provided may come to mind. But, memory care communities offer a range of services, some of which might be more important to your loved one than others.
Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Memory Care Community
As you search for memory care communities, you will eventually come up with a list of your top choices. It is important to take time to tour each one, if possible – or schedule a virtual tour. Ask questions of staff and other families whose loved ones reside at the community, to determine if the community is the right fit for your loved one.
Here are some questions that you may want to ask memory care communities you’re considering:
- What level of care does the community provide? Do they have 24 hour nurses onsite?
- What type of training has the staff received? Are they specially trained in Alzheimer’s’ and dementia specifically?
- What is the monthly rate for housing and care? What services does that rate include?
- Are rooms private or semi-private? How do prices vary for each? Do they provide for couples if needed?
- What level of personal assistance can residents expect?
- What is the policy for handling medical emergencies?
- How is the community secured to keep your loved one safe?
- What meals are provided? Are special dietary requests, such as kosher meals, accommodated?
- How often are housekeeping and laundry service provided?
- What programs (exercise, physical therapy, social and other activities) does the facility offer?
- Does the facility accommodate special care needs, such as diabetic care, mobility issues, physical aggressiveness or wandering? Are the rooms wheelchair and walker accessible?
- Do resident’s have a private bathroom and shower? Or do they have to share with multiple other people?
- Are residents grouped by cognitive level?
- What is the ratio of staff to residents during the day/night?
- How does the facility communicate with families about a resident’s well-being?
- What is the discharge policy?
- Is the facility licensed and certified? If so, what does the last Department of Health State Survey look like?
- Is it a 100% dedicated memory care community? Or is it just a separate locked wing on a building? The answer makes a difference with memory care.
- Is the facility clean? Does the food look appetizing? Aer there social program taking place? What are the resident’s doing? Do they look well taken care of?
- What religious services are provided for your loved one?
- Is there any family support available? If so, what?
- Are there doctor’s available? If so, who? And what hospital are they affiliated with? How often are they in the building? Is there a nurse practitioner available?
- Are geriatric psychiatric services available onsite? Is there a dentist, optometrist, and podiatrist available to provide services for your loved one?
- What are the visiting hours?
Choosing a residential care setting may seem like an overwhelming task, but asking
the right questions and knowing what to look for in a long-term care setting can
make it more manageable. Because residential care is available in a variety of
settings, it’s important to understand the needs of the person with dementia so you
can choose the best care.
Why choose Kemper House? Kemper House is a family owned and operated memory care facility that specializes in caring for individuals with all stages and all types of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, up to and including hospice and/or end of life care. At Kemper, we provide Cognitive Wellness, Long-Term Residential Care, Adult Day Care, and Short-Term Respite Stays. We have two convenient locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area: Strongsville, Ohio and Highland Heights, Ohio. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how Kemper House can help you.
References: Alzheimer’s Association; Aging.com